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Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Watershed Sciences


Contact Information

Office Hours: by appointment, Office Location NR 122
Office Location: BNR 283
IconPhone: 202-559-2028


Mike Taylor is the Director of Research for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington D.C. SEPA is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping electric utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. Mike joined SEPA in 2006 and leads the organization's research publications and services of solar markets, policy, business models and technologies to over 900 SEPA utility and solar industry members. 

Recent SEPA reports include:

  • 2012 Utility Solar Integration Ranking
  • Ratemaking, Solar Value and Net Energy Metering
  • Decoupling Utility Profits from Sales
  • Utility Solar Business Models
  • Photovoltaic Capacity Valuation Methods
  • Residential Photovoltaic Metering and Interconnection Study

Prior to joining SEPA, Mike worked for seven years at the Minnesota Department of Commerce State Energy Office specializing in energy policy and program development, including energy efficiency, solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, climate change, and utility regulation, and which included the development of the $1.2 million Minnesota Solar Electric Rebate Program. 

Mike received his Master's degree in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, writing his Master's thesis on the statistical relationship between photovoltaic production and electric utility demand, and his Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. 

Mike serves on USU's Sustainability Council Energy Subcommittee and as USU lecturer on markets, electric utilities, and renewable energy technology, policy, programs, and markets as requested. 

Selected Publications